Duane “Keffe D” Davis, the only surviving witness of rapper Tupac Shakur’s 1996 murder, has been indicted on the charge of open murder with the use of a deadly weapon, along with a gang enhancement. The charges were revealed after Davis, now 60 years old, was arrested while on a walk near his home. These developments come as Davis’s 2018 media statements “reinvigorated” the investigation into Tupac Shakur’s murder.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Marc DiGiacomo stated that a grand jury had been working on the case for several months. Davis is described as the “on-ground, on-site commander” who ordered the murder of Tupac Shakur.
According to the police, Davis obtained the gun used in the murder from a close associate. He is considered the “shot-caller” of a group of three suspects, all of whom are now deceased, and is accused of orchestrating the plan to murder the rapper.
Davis has long been known to investigators and has admitted in interviews and in his 2019 memoir that he was in the Cadillac when the shooting took place during the September 1996 drive-by attack.
Tupac Shakur was fatally shot on September 7, 1996, while riding in a car with Death Row Records co-founder Marion “Suge” Knight. The shooting took place at a red light when a white Cadillac pulled up beside them. Davis has previously claimed that everyone in the Cadillac that night was a member of the South Side Compton Crips gang.
Shakur had allegedly been involved in a brawl with a member of the South Side Compton Crips gang earlier on the night of his murder. Davis, in a 2018 interview, revealed that the gunshots had come from the back seat of the Cadillac.
The murder of Tupac Shakur remains one of the most high-profile unsolved cases in the history of hip-hop, and the recent indictment of Davis may shed new light on the case that has captivated music fans for decades.